Senate, by Vote of 60-20, Rejects Restrictions on Military Aid to Israel

By a vote of 60 to 20, the Senate refused today to add restrictions on military aid to Israel to an amendment providing restrictions on aid to Cambodia. The amendment, submitted by Sen. Mike Gravel, Democrat of Alaska, seeks to delete the Administration’s $285 million supplementary aid request for Cambodia from its over-all $1,035 billion military aid-request package. That package proposes $500 million for Israel, $30 million for Jordan and $5 million for Lebanon. Final action on it was not expected until tomorrow. Sen. John J. Williams, Republican of Delaware, proposed that the legislation include language barring American soldiers and advisors from Israel as well as from Cambodia. Sen. Williams, who is retiring this year, is known for opposition to aid for Israel.

Sen. John Sherman Cooper, Kentucky Republican, responded that there was “quite a practical difference” between Israel and Cambodia, noting that there was no likelihood of American troops being sent to Israel and that she has not requested them. Sen. Frank Church, Democrat of Idaho, advised Sen. Williams that including restrictions on aid to Israel could mean defeat for the entire measure. Sen. Williams was supported today by Sen. J. W. Fulbright, Democrat of Arkansas and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Fulbright, who opposed credits for Israel when the measure was introduced in September, said the Williams position was “consistent with the often-expressed view that the United States should not enlarge its commitments overseas.”

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